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Will Your Disability Case Pass the Sniff Test?

June 13, 2018

Admit it. At some time or other in your life, you sniffed an item of clothing you previously wore to see if it was okay to wear again, or sniffed that aging carton of milk in the fridge to see if it was still drinkable. We also do that with stories we are told—“sniffing” them

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Playing Doctor: How a Social Security Judge Overstepped His Authority

June 10, 2018

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is an employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA), and he or she will decide at the hearing level whether or not you will be awarded disability benefits. In our experience—earned through representing our clients in thousands of disability hearings—most ALJs are fair and respectful of disability claimants. However, not

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Pushing Back Against Social Security Office Closings and Poor Service

June 7, 2018

For Americans who rely on Social Security for disability or retirement benefits, recent revelations about the Social Security Administration brought bad news and more bad news—scores of field offices have been closed, and customer service is therefore deteriorating. Now, Congressional leaders, a government employee union, and citizens are pushing back. Since 2000, the SSA has

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Myths and Facts: What You Don’t Know About Social Security Disability Could Hurt You.

May 17, 2018

It’s a fact: Qualifying for the Social Security disability benefits you have rightfully earned can be difficult, time-consuming, and stressful. The process becomes even more difficult if you are misled by common myths and misconceptions about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Here are four Social Security disability myths and one

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